Emmy-award winner and culture expert on the Netflix reboot of “Queer Eye” Karamo Brown will give USF students an insightful makeover of their personal lives as the next guest for the University Lecture Series (ULS) on Wednesday night.
The personal development series will be held from 7-8 p.m. on Microsoft Teams. Brown will be paid $22,500 and will talk about his career as a life coach, his experience on “Queer Eye” as well as ways for students to use their uniqueness to create success, according to ULS Student Programs Coordinator Isabelle Arroyo-Acevedo.
During the last 15 minutes of the lecture, Brown will be asked questions with the most votes from students on the Microsoft Teams chatbox.
While Brown is famously known as one of the “Fab Five” from the hit show “Queer Eye,” his career in the spotlight began early on in 2004 as a part of the MTV reality show “The Real World: Philadelphia.” With that role, Brown became the first openly gay Black man cast on a reality show.
Born in Texas, Brown grew up in Coral Springs, Florida, where he graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) high school in Parkland. Since the school shooting in 2018 that killed 17 students and left many others injured, Brown has been an active member of the Never Again MSD movement advocating for gun reform.
He then graduated from Florida A&M University with a degree in general studies. Shortly after, he was cast for “The Real World: Philadelphia.”
When the reality show ended, Brown began working as a social worker for about a decade until he was cast to host TV shows like “Dr. Drew On Call” and “HuffPost Live.”
In 2016, Brown made his reality show comeback by starring on TV One’s “The Next 15.” From participating in multiple reality shows and hosting different TV shows, Brown built the foundation of his television career early on before being cast for “Queer Eye.”
Alongside Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness, Brown gives individuals, known as “heroes” within their local communities, a fashion and lifestyle makeover to change the direction of their lives. Released in 2018, the show has won eight Emmys including Outstanding Structured Reality Program in 2020, 2019 and 2018.
Apart from being the culture expert on “Queer Eye,” Brown was featured in the 28th season of “Dancing with the Stars” and published the children’s book “I Am Perfectly Designed,” which highlights self-love and self-empowerment.
Brown also released his own personal care brand last year, MANTL, which specializes in products for bald men. During that same year, Brown was also named to the Ebony Power 100 List from Ebony Magazine.